A family that fishes together, stays together. Okay, that is an old saying that I just made up. But I bet there is some truth to that. I would guess that families who do things together probably do have stronger ties that last well after the kids grow up and move out.
After an eight hour flight to England and arriving just after sunrise, we hit the ground running. It had been a long day of walking around London and everyone was a bit tired. One of our last sites before tacking the “underground” back to the hotel was The Dominion Theatre.
This West End theatre on Tottenham Court Road close to St Giles Circus and Centre Point Tower, in the London Borough of Camden. Opened in 1929, this beautiful theatre seats over 2000 people for live stage shows.
It is very easy to go about our day missing most of the smaller items around us. Sure, we see the big things, but there is an entire other world that is overlooked. Some of the most unusual and sometimes beautiful things require a very close look to appreciate.
Macro-photography is an area that I have yet to venture into, but one that I hope to attempt someday soon. This bee was found roaming about these small flowers. A normal camera lens can still focus close enough to allow you to focus on smaller details without the expense of a dedicated macro lens.
Seawall Boulevard is where the island meets the gulf in Galveston, Texas. One of the many busy restaurants along this street is “The Spot“. It just happened to be close to where we were parked to go photograph the Pleasure Pier. By the number of people that were coming and going, the food must be pretty good. I’ll have to visit it next time, so I can enjoy the view from the second floor.
This is another great example of using multiple HDR exposures to get the details in shadows and highlights. The red streaks are the cars driving by in the time exposure.
Last week, I took our border collie to the vet, and as a reward for good behavior, we swung by the dog park for an hour. It was a beautiful morning, so the park had lots of visitors. As much as I like our border collie, I saw this Australian Shepherd that really caught my eye. “Flynn”, is named after Errol Flynn, the Australian actor. (I guess the owners liked that better than ‘Crocodile Dundee’). His coat was thick and multi-shades of brown, grey and white. Flynn is still a pup and had the energy to prove it. He only stood still long enough for the photo, because I was holding a ball he was waiting for me to throw!
Our dog, Misty, and Flynn did play for a bit. Okay, Flynn chased Misty around. Misty is a few years older and still a bit shy around the other dogs, but she is getting the hang of it. I think we will be back again soon.
This Eastlake Victorian style home was built by Eugene Pillot in 1868. It quickly became a local landmark in Houston, because of the house’s architectural charm and partly because of the dog sculptures.
Today the house rests in Sam Houston Park by downtown Houston, with a collection of other historic structures.
I have always loved a home with a long, wrapping front porch. It invites you to come outside and enjoy the shade. It’s my theory that we stopped knowing our neighbors when homes were no longer built large front porches. Most new homes barely have enough of a porch to stand on while you unlock the door.
I get into the habit of only thinking of photos when I have my camera gear with me, actively looking for the right composition or light for a subject. I have to remind myself that I almost always have a camera in my iPhone though. So even if I am not on a “real” photo shoot, I can always be on the lookout for an opportunity for an interesting subject. On this day, we were leaving a restaurant that had a large fountain that I thought was very pretty.
My phone contract is up in a few months, so the new question is, do I stay with an iPhone or consider an android phone that has a higher resolution camera? Or do I limp along until next fall, in the hope of a new iPhone 6? What are your thoughts? What do you use and why?